Five reasons to adopt from Regina Cat Rescue

We all know cats enrich our lives. They make us laugh, give us love and offer us companionship. If you’re looking to add a cat or kitten to your family, consider these reasons to adopt from Regina Cat Rescue (RCR)!

RCR has dozens of cats - like  Lara  here - waiting to find their forever homes!

RCR has dozens of cats - like Lara here - waiting to find their forever homes!

  1. Our $140 adoption fee is a great deal – For $140 your cat or kitten is spayed or neutered, has been vaccinated, has ID like a tattoo or microchip and has been de-wormed. To get this done on your own would cost much more – on average $380 dollar!

  2. Our cats are fostered in a home environment – Because RCR has no shelter all of our cats are fostered in homes. This means we get a good sense of their personalities and behaviours in a home environment. Using this info, we can match you with a kitty that suits your lifestyle. This helps make for a successful adoption because you get a good idea of what to expect from your new family member!

  3. You get six weeks of free pet insurance – When you adopt from RCR Petsecure offers you a free six-week trial of pet insurance. This free trial covers your new pet for up to $500 in veterinary care for accidents and illnesses.

  4. You don’t have to deal with post op care – Every cat and kitten is sterilized before they leave RCR care. This means you won’t have to deal with a stressful trip to the vet for surgery or handle the postoperative care. Our experienced foster care providers handle this so you don’t have to!

  5. You’re saving two lives – When you take home an RCR kitty, you’re also saving a second cat – the new rescue that we’re able to get off the streets. We never euthanize because a cat takes too long to be adopted. So we have cats in foster care for months and sometimes even years. Adopting one of them opens up a foster home spot for a new cat!

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Six myths about fostering … busted!

You’ve probably seen Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) asking for foster homes to care for rescued cats. And when we do, we often hear these myths -- so let’s tackle them!

Myth #1: I can’t foster because I have other animals.

Truth: With a proper introduction most pets enjoy having a temporary companion. In fact, 95% of RCR foster homes have resident cats, dogs or other pets. Our volunteers can teach you how to introduce foster cats to resident cats. Or you can always keep your foster cat separate from your other animals in a second bedroom, office, etc.

Resident cat Ollie enjoys the company of foster kittens in an RCR foster home.

Resident cat Ollie enjoys the company of foster kittens in an RCR foster home.

Myth #2: I can’t foster because I would keep all the cats.

Truth: Foster homes help rescued kitties get happy, healthy and ready for adoption, but we know many people get attached! As a foster parent you’re part of deciding who adopts your foster cat. And many adopters choose to stay in touch with the fosters by sending updates. So it’s actually a joyful and exciting time when your foster cat finds their forever homes!

Myth #3: I like to travel so fostering wouldn’t work for me.

Truth: This can be the perfect arrangement for fostering. You get the love and companionship of a cat, but with the freedom to travel too. Give us notice when you’ve got a trip planned and we'll move or care for your foster while you’re away!

Myth #4: I can’t foster without putting my animals in danger.

Truth: Our volunteers will work with you to make sure your foster is a good fit for your home and family. And we take steps to help ensure the health and safety of your animals when bringing in a rescued cat. This could mean:

  • quarantining kitties

  • doing blood tests for at-risk cats

  • administering vaccinations, and more.

Myth #5: Lots of people foster so RCR doesn’t need my help.

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Truth: We always need foster homes. The number of cats struggling to survive on the streets is always more than the number of foster homes we have. You can make all the difference to an abandoned, suffering animal by fostering.

Myth #6: Fostering is too big of a commitment

Truth: Fostering is less of a commitment than owning your own pet. We:

  • cover the veterinary care

  • can provide supplies like food and litter

  • take care of all the adoption details

You provide a safe and loving home!

Feeling the urge to foster? We hope so! Learn more:

Cat loses leg after suspected animal cruelty

Last week, Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) was alerted to an injured cat in the Cathedral area. The cat — who we’ve since named Duke — was reported by a concerned citizen after he was seen limping with something tied around one of his legs. Duke had eluded his would be rescuers so RCR volunteers set out to humanely trap him.

Duke once he was safely trapped

Duke once he was safely trapped

Thankfully, he was trapped quickly and volunteers were able to get him to a vet to be assessed. Duke was suffering and in pain because he had a string tied tightly and double knotted around his rear left leg. The loss of circulation caused permanent damage and amputation was the only course of action to save his life.

You can view photos of Duke’s injury here , here and here. Warning - photos are very graphic.

Given that the string was double knotted around his leg, we suspect it was tied there deliberately. We also can’t rule out that it could have been part of a snare set by humans.

We’re telling Duke’s story so that his pain and misfortune can serve as a reminder to all pet guardians to keep their cats indoors for their own safety. There are countless dangers outdoors for cats, including traffic, poison, other animals, and humans with bad intentions.

Duke’s leg was successfully amputated on Friday and he’s currently recovering in an RCR foster home where he’s on pain medication and antibiotics to help him heal. We’re letting Duke take it one day at a time hoping that he may learn to trust humans and come out of his shell. For now, he prefers to stay safe and hidden in a kennel.

You can help Duke — and other cats in need — by donating to RCR by e-transfer, PayPal, cash or cheque. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more.